re this line of his posting titled Of Coinin a poetics discussion list:
We live within the horizon of universal apocalypse
...And if the whole of humanity is destined to die out - and who dares doubt that? - so the goal is set ... to grow together in one and in common that it sets out as a whole to meet its coming demise...
(originally from Richard Wagner in Bayreuth4 end)
...which puts everything into a different perspective, does it not? - affects each of us, profoundly, and affects all ideas...
...love for life as it is becomes the desire that life be eternally what it is, that our paradise of the imperfect eternally return just as it is.
(from the songs that close part 3 of Thus Spoke Zarathrustra)
Clear water in a brilliant bowl,
Pink and white carnations. The light
In the room like a snowy air,
while Laurence emphasises this line:
The imperfect is our paradise.
(but he speaks it very quietly)
"what religions are good for" ...
What they are simply indispensable for, is the structuring poetry of everyday life, that web of beliefs and values lived spontaneously by any and every human community as its testament of the useful, the good, and the holy.
...which he seems to ascribe to Nietszche! (though not those words)
...at which I imagine Percy Bysshe Shelly applauding, and restating his Defence of Poetryin the distance among the unacknowledged legislators of mankind
...as I fall into the deepest water, beneath politics, but breathing, and writing these words I hope without fanaticism...
By ... naming things and describing them, you are only inventing your own terms about them. And just as speech is an invention about objects and ideas so myth is an invention about truth
(ascribed to Tolkien by Humphrey Carpenter in J R R Tolkien, a biography, George Allen and Unwin, London 1989, page 151).
I am an optimist, but so far I've not found anything to be optimistic about!
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